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If you are in need of assistance and are unsure where to turn, the following program is available for low-income, disabled Marylanders:

The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP), formally known as the Transitional Emergency, Medical and Housing Assistance program (TEMHA), provides temporary assistance to low-income individuals with disabilities. TDAP, which is funded by the State of Maryland, is designed to provide monthly financial assistance to eligible Maryland residents who lack access to or are not eligible for other resources.

holding handsThrough the TDAP program, eligible residents are provided with help in obtaining cash, medical and housing assistance to meet their needs. Assistance through TDAP may only be available for 12 months out of a 36 month period. However, for individuals who are pursing or appealing an SSI or SSDI decision, the TDAP assistance period may vary. Applicants with disabilities that last for 12 months or longer are required by the TDAP program to apply for SSI or SSDI benefits.  

To be eligible for assistance through TDAP, applicants must:

  • Be disabled for three (3) or more months
  • Provide proof of their disability, verified by a licensed medical practitioner
  • Have no dependent children (children under 18 years of age) residing with them
  • Provide proof of income and assets
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    Applicants interested in receiving benefits through TDAP can complete an application online by visiting www.marylandsail.org or in person by visiting their local Department of Social Services.  To find a local DSS office in your county or to learn more about the TDAP program, call 1-800-332-6347.

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

    One-On-One Help for Those Neglected 

    Here’s an organization that offers hope, compassion and assistance to individuals and families in the Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL area:

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international catholic lay organization with over 4000 local conferences in the United Sta548822 helping_the_elderlytes. The goal of the organization is to change the face of charity by offering tangible assistance to people regardless of their background, ethnicity or faith.  In collaboration with other local agencies, businesses and corporations, they work to provide a wide variety of programs and services that helps individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers person-to-person service by donating their time, abilities or dollars directly to the neglected and/or suffering. Advocacy for those alienated or defenseless in the spirit of justice and charity is a top priority for the organization in the short and long terms.

    In the Pensacola-Tallahassee area, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides for the needy:

  • 3 Thrift Stores
  • Disaster Relief
  • Financial Assistance – Utilities, rent, prescriptions, etc.
  • Food Pantry
  • Home Visits
  • Homeless Shower Facility – Meals, showers, laundry and ID’s
  • Referral Services
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    To receive assistance or for more information about the services The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, you can visit one of your local Catholic Churches, write them at 2200 W. Desoto St., Pensacola, FL 32505, or contact them online at www.svdpnwfla.org.

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

    Ticket To Work

    Register for the Work Incentive Seminar Events (WISE) Ticket to Work Webinar to learn more about the program and your Social Security Disability Benefits today!

    The Ticket to Work program is offered by the Social Security Administration to support vocational development and care73527 hand_with_ticket_2er placement for individuals with disabilities who wish to work and achieve an improved standard of living by leaving benefits.  Anyone, years 18-24, who receives Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Insurance because they are disabled, is eligible to participate in the program.  Ticket to Work serves as an opportunity to help those ready to work get started. 

    The Ticket to Work program assists interested volunteers by connecting them with Employment Networks or State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies.  These resources will provide unique services and support to the individual to get them back on the career path.  Another key component that makes the Ticket to Work program attractive is the Work Incentives package that comes with successful employment.  These incentives make it possible for individuals to explore employment opportunities while still receiving both cash benefits and health care. 

    To learn how to receive your ticket and begin your pursuit of employment, register for the free Ticket to Work Webinar by visiting www.chooseworkttw.net/wise/jsp/wise.  The event is held Wednesday, July 25, 2012, so don’t delay!

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

     

    Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

    Practicing proven fire safety precautions can greatly increase chances of survival for special populations such as those with disabilities, hearing impaired or visually impaired.Fire

    It is necessary for people with physical, mental or sensory disabilities to be more cautious with regards to fire safety.  In the United Sates, about 18,300 individuals are injured and 3,500 individuals die in fires each year.  The risk of injury or death is greater for people with disabled people because of a decreased ability to react in an emergency situation like a fire. These injuries and deaths occurring due to failed escapes can be prevented. The U.S. Fire Administration has composed the following fire safety recommendations for those with special needs to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their homes in the event of a fire.

    Be Fire-Safe Around Your Home:

  • Don’t overload electrical outlets or extension cords.
  • If you don’t have central heating, do not use your stove or oven to heat your home. Use properly maintained fireplaces/chimneys and or space heaters.
  • Sleep near a phone.  If a fire takes place, be ready to call your local emergency number.
  • When cooking, use a timer to remind you there is food in the oven.  Never leave cooking unattended, and do not approach an open flame with loose clothing.
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    Install and maintain smoke alarms. They should be tested each month, and batteries should be replaced yearly. Special smoke alarms for people with disabilities are manufactured. For additional protection, install a smoke detector with an exterior strobe light or enroll in an emergency call system to summon help.

    Live near an exit.  If possible, live on the ground level of your building. Have a tested fire escape plan. Practice opening locked or barred doors and windows.  If you require the assistance of a walker or wheelchair, make sure you can exit through all doorways and that the necessary ramps and other accommodations are in place.

    Communicate your special needs with neighbors, building managers, and emergency providers.  Contact your local fire department’s non emergency line to notify them of your special needs and escape plan.  They may offer suggestions about your plan, a home fire safety inspection, and provide smoke alarm placement and maintenance recommendations.

    Fire stops with you!

    For more information about this and many other topics, you may contact the U.S. Fire Administration by visiting their website at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/ or by phone at 301-447-1000.

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

    Uniting and Supporting the Alienated

    Are you facing a hardship and in need of assistance? The following program offers several services to women, low-income individuals and day laborers throughout the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC area:

    Casa de Maryland (House of Maryland) is a community organization that provides a variety of services to minority communities throughout the Baltimore-DC metro area.  Since its creation in 1985, when thousands of Central American refugees were pouring into the capitol, Casa of Maryland has targeted its services individuals and families living in ethnically diverse communities--especially women, low-income people, and workers—regardless of their immigration status.

    The services that Casa de Maryland offers include:

  • Employment Placement
  • Workforce Development and Training
  • Financial Literacy
  • Adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Classes
  • Spanish Literacy Instruction
  • Citizenship and Legal Services
  • Health Education
  • Human Services Navigation
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    The information below will provide a brief overview of some of the programs listed above offered by Casa de Maryland.

    Education and ESOL Classes:latino

    The Education and Leadership department of Casa de Maryland offers classes and materials to help improve the quality of life for low-income individuals, women, and day laborers.  These classes include citizen preparation, home improvement licensures preparation, computer clases and seven levels of ESOL.  For information on classes and schedules, contact Casa de Maryland at 301-431-4185 ext. 208.

    Alud Es Vida – “Health Is Life” Program :

    This program serves to fulfill public health and primary medical needs in diverse immigrant communities.  Alud Es Vida provides access to health screening and treatment services for cancer, HIV and tobacco use prevention. Casa also offers a bilingual telephone health line to provide community members with medical interpretation and public health services in their area.

    Casa Discount Club:

    Casa de Maryland established a discount club for their members and small businesses participants.  This discount club allows its members to receive up to 20% discounts from a variety of local businesses—salons, restaurants, dentists, tax services, pharmacies, etc.  For more information about membership and the discount club, visit their membership page at www.casademaryland.org/membership

    For more information about Casa de Maryland or to receive assistance, call 301-431-4185 or visit them on the web at www.casademaryland.org.

    At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.


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